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October 2, 2013

Humorist-author to speak this week at EIU on serious topic of autism

Best-selling author and speaker David Finch will kick off Eastern Illinois University’s 2013 Autism Conference at 7 p.m. Thursday. The lecture will take place in the Dvorak Concert Hall in the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Tickets for the presentation are $10.

Finch is a humorist and author of a New York Times best-selling memoir, “The Journal of Best Practices.” Married in 2003 and diagnosed five years later with Asperger syndrome, Finch has committed himself to relentless self-improvement, sometimes to a comical extent.

As a former semiconductor engineer, Finch has turned to being a full-time writer and speaker. Finch has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post and Slate, and he writes a relationship blog for Psychology Today. Finch says his greatest accomplishment by far has been learning how to thrive as a family man.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to supports th establishment of an autism research center on EIU’s Charleston campus.

For details on the 2013 EIU Autism Conference, visit www.eiu.edu/

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Tickets for Finch’s presentation are available online at www.eiu.edu/

doudna or at the Doudna Fine Arts Center box office. Box office hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and one hour before ticketed events.

For Doudna reservations and information, or to arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Art patron services at 217-581-3110 or doudnatix@eiu.edu.

 

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